RVA Parenting: Tips and tricks for active moms & awesome babies

RVA Parenting: Tips and tricks for active moms & awesome babies

(WWBT) - By Sarah Wade

Active Moms & Awesome Babies: for RVA Parenting
The Week of April 3rd
Activity of the Week: Maymont
We are so lucky to have such a beautiful park at our finger tips to visit and explore. This is one of my favorite springtime spots. There are so many things to enjoy when you need to get out of the house. The new children's farm is available, as well a nature center and walking trails. The park is free to enter, but there is a fee to see the Nature Center, $4 for adults and $3 for children. There is also a variety of activities available to sign up for in advance. Visit Maymont's website for all the details. My personal recommendation would be toddler time, offered weekly with changing themes each month. This week is a wonderful time to meet sweet little animals at the newly renovated Children's Farm, or try packing a picnic lunch to enjoy on the beautifully landscaped lawn outside the mansion, it will be a fun addition to your morning!
Fear. It seems like a strong word to use when describing why you may not want to venture out with the kiddos on a regular basis. The reality is that the
fear of the unknown is why we as moms don't stray from our routines. If you think about it, this makes perfect sense. No matter what your everyday routine looks like, we worked hard to achieve them. Tirelessly trying to get babies on a nap schedule, coordinating snack time so it doesn't interfere with lunch; the struggle is real, and I mean that with no exaggeration. Sometimes though we get stuck in a routine and don't notice that there could be a life outside of building block towers, Disney Junior, and the occasional Target run. Children are unpredictable, you often don't know what you can expect, and this is the main fear that keeps us homebound. Overcoming this is hard, but it is worth it.

When the fear becomes reality

Let's build this scenario: You have adventured out to Maymont. It's been a fun morning, and now it's time to go home. Your child is not happy with this and throws a massive fit in the middle of the children's farm. You lose your cool and yell. You, a self-proclaimed "non-yeller". Not only did this happen, but it happened in front of your peers and your fellow moms. Immediately the urge to retreat home and go back to the life of blocks and cartoons will sound most appealing.

This is where I am going to ask you to ignore that urge. We tell our children when they make a mistake, to get up, brush yourself off, and try again. I know it's hard, but we as moms need to learn to practice this mantra ourselves. You might be wondering why I chose this example. It's because this was my fear. I lived it, but I persevered. We all have fears, the experienced and the non-experienced. The message I want to leave you with is to go into each day with an open mind, accept that there will be hiccups along the road, the moms that surround you when you are out and about are your allies, and we are all in the same boat hosting the same fears. These challenges can all be learned from, and at the end of the day will make you a stronger person.